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With Rush Limbaugh's latest full court press against Barack Obama he has, among other things, sought to link Obama's effort to pass a health care bill with Nazism.

This is dangerous ground for Limbaugh since analysis of Nazi practices, particularly in the realms of propaganda and economics, reveal much more in the way of commonality with the loquacious talk show host than with Barack Obama.

On the subject of propaganda, look at what Limbaugh has been up to the last few days. He has been referring to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid as imams and mullahs.

Now just what does that translate into? Race hate against Arabs. He is using a blanket charge of racism against the Arab community and then linking the House and Senate Democratic Party leaders to terrorism through trying to domineer the legislative process in a dictatorial manner.

Limbaugh uses racism frequently. Not only did he once hang up on an African America caller with the angry comment, "Put a bone in your nose."

After a young African American man threw a brick at a white truck driver in a tragic racial incident in Los Angeles following demonstrations regarding the O.J. Simpson trial, Limbaugh targeted Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who represented the district where the attack occurred.

Using a then frequent advertisement practice of showcasing 800 numbers, Limbaugh presented a mock radio commercial repeatedly, starting off with, "1-800-Brick Maxine."

Since the truck driver sustained permanent injury by being hit in the head by a brick and Representative Waters never had anything to do with the attack, nor did she condone it in any way, the attack was vicious and malicious. It can be reasonably seen as nothing more than an attempt to raise the racial tension level in an already volatile situation.

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Notice how Limbaugh's attacks are repeated over and over again. This is a paramount brainwashing tactic.

This coupled with linking the repetition tactic to racial situations was a tactic used by Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister of Hitler's Third Reich. Read the primer exposing that regime, William L. Shirer's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", and the tactical similarities are striking.

Another area where Limbaugh's pronouncements fall into a Nazi or Fascist realm is in economics. He last week praised Senator Jim Bunning after the Kentucky solon's delay tactic was used on legislation to keep unemployment benefits alive.

To Limbaugh Bunning, who has been checkmated from running again in Kentucky with party support from none other than staunchly rightist Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is a hero since, as he put it, somebody needs to stand up to the socialist welfare state.

In Limbaugh's view any government program aside from the military and Department of Defense weaponry constitutes socialism. Many programs he condemns are no more than what any mixed economy nation incorporates into its economic system.

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Moderate Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower condemned those in his party who sought to cut or eliminate basic New Deal programs, recognizing the need of a safety net in the American economic system.

So Limbaugh sees no need for health care or even unemployment benefits. He has no problem with corporate control and has never taken issue with anything the mighty health care industry has done.

Totally eliminate any programs such as Social Security or Medicare in which the government is involved, retain only a large military with significant amounts of spending on weaponry, and what results is corporate control.

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when it comes to dissolute, obnoxious posturing an... by Bill Hare on Monday, Mar 8, 2010 at 1:10:23 PM
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concerns you raise. I am terrified by the losses ... by Bill Hare on Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010 at 10:28:50 AM
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that in this case commenters, including yourself, ... by Bill Hare on Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010 at 4:26:06 PM
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